Nathan Deal

Hurricane Irma update: Hurricane warning issued in Florida as storm threat increases

Hurricane Irma update: Hurricane warning issued in Florida as storm threat increases

Half a million Floridians began to flee the coast Thursday ahead of the state’s gravest hurricane threat in a generation.

South Florida was under a hurricane watch, with the outer bands of Hurricane Irma’s life-threatening winds and storm surge expected to arrive by daybreak Saturday. Georgia was also on guard as meteorologists worked to refine a forecast that could also include a hit to the Southeastern coast.

Irma, which had maintained Category 5 strength for a record 66 hours as of Thursday evening, is not expected to weaken before reaching the mainland United States. It had winds of 175 mph as it closed in on Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas, and was expected to remain a...

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